Comforting Thoughts About Death that have Nothing to do with God by Greta Christina

Death can seem appalling if you don’t believe in an after-life. In 500 years, no one will remember you. In 5 billion years, the Earth will be boiled. It can make life seem trivial and absurd. But it is certainly possible to not have religious or spiritual beliefs or be an atheist and still be okay towards death. Death allows our life to have meaning. Time passes and we are aware of it passing. With the passing of time comes loss. Without loss, we won’t get to fully experience life’s great moments. The world changes due to the passing of time and I don’t think anyone would want the Earth to be still and captured in one frozen moment. Even though you might pass on, but time still had a part to play during the years you were alive. Your segment on that timeline would have always been there. Dying does not make your time which you were on Earth disappear. We don’t know what happens when we die. However, what matters is we get to be alive and connected.

The fact that time will continue after we die does not negate the time that we were alive. We are alive now, and nothing can erase that. – Greta Christina

The Meaning of Death, Part 1 of Many. For atheist, there isn’t a meaning of death. It simply happens because it happens. This is nothing depressing. As an atheist, you get to create your own meaning in life. How can death shape your experience of life? I see death as something that connects me with the universe. You don’t have to feel guilty when someone else passes away. No one tortured them. Death is just part of the way the world works. The world can seem bleak and cold at times. However, we are part of this world.

You don’t have to torture yourself trying to figure out the motivations of the physical universe. It doesn’t have any. So you can accept the inevitability of death, and get on with your life. – Greta Christina

Motivation and Mid-Life Crises. I went through a mid-life crisis at 40. I realized that time was short. I was aware that I needed to work hard and start writing. Now, I do freelance writing. When you are older, your priorities become clearer. You know that you have to make sacrifices with these priorities. I am a deadline-driven person. Since death is inevitable, might as well use it to give your life meaning. Death has given me clarity on my life. Death is not so bad after all.

Fear, Grief and Actually Experiencing Your Emotions. Go through with it. Death is natural and you didn’t deny it. The fear of death is natural. Sometimes, the best way to deal with strong emotions is to avoid fixing them but just try to feel them. Things don’t have to be permanent to be meaningful. To some, they think that death is no different from not having being born yet. You can create your own meaning in life. We can give companionship and witness to others. It can be incredibly comforting. This is someone who can be by your side when you need them. It is okay to think about death once in a while. It is just human to do so.

The idea that death is a deadline: that knowing life is temporary brings focus to our lives, inspires us to treasure the people and experiences we encounter, and motivates us to do something valuable with the short time we have. – Greta Christina

Lydia’s Cancer and Atheist Philosophies of Death. How can atheist philosophies improve life? Our cat has cancer. What sort of treatment should the cat receive? These are all small and difficult decisions. All animals will eventually die. What you can do is to make the cat as it can possibly be when it is still alive. There are no simple decisions which can be made. Research has shown that those who have religions will try to delay death when it’s clearly imminent. Religion pretends that death is not permanent. For atheists, we believe that when people die, they are fucking dead forever. Ensure that you have time to think about your death. Learn to make informed decisions.

We understand that our own time here is limited. We understand that all we can do for ourselves and for one another is to make that time – however much time it is – as happy and joyful and meaningful as we possibly can. – Greta Christina

Do We Concede the Ground of Death Too Easily? Many of us assume that an having an after-life is favourable. The fear of death cause people to cling to religion. Do you really in a heaven where everyone can live happily ever after? Conflict helps to strengthen us and build our character. What will happen who those make it to Heaven? How will you feel if your loved ones are in Hell? Would our personalities change in Heaven because it is too blissful? Secular views of death are better because they can withstand scrutiny. Your understanding of death should be grounded in reality. We don’t have to be afraid of talking about death. You don’t have to continue living a lie.

Difference between Pessimism and Realism. Atheism can coffer comfort in the face of death. Comfort doesn’t mean eradication of pain and grief. It doesn’t make the grief disappear, but it can lighten the load. Religion doesn’t eradicate grief. Even people who believe in an afterlife might doubt their beliefs. The problem with believing in an afterlife is that what if you go to heaven but your loved ones go to hell? Belief in an afterlife is also not based on any strong groundings. Atheism doesn’t leave you with cognitive dissonance. One’s perspective towards death is truly personal and there is no right or wrong. One should try to frame it such that it is positive and hopeful and meaningful. You should frame reality in a way that offers meaning and hope. Atheism is a safe thing to practice in real life. One can always find new forms of comfort and meaning with atheism.

Grief Beyond Belief: How Atheists are Dealing with Death. There is an online support group called ‘Grief Beyond Belief’. Community groups like this are useful and help give strength. Many non-believers pretend to accept the concepts of the afterlife etc. Religious beliefs about death can make atheists feel alienated sometimes as well. The concept of an afterlife is not shared by everyone. Usually, a death of a close one is often a trigger for questioning or abandoning religious faith. Sometimes, religious people hijack the funeral proceedings and make it seem religious in nature. Sometimes, they do so and are not aware of it. In some cultures, ‘atheism’ might seem invisible. Many people fault atheism for being inferior to religion because it sees death as the ultimate end. The atheism community is certainly growing in numbers.

We point out that a philosophy that accepts reality is inherently more comforting than a philosophy based on wishful thinking – since it doesn’t involve cognitive dissonance and the unease of self-deception. – Greta Christina

Atheists in Foxholes. People suggest that in near moments of death, people will turn to religion. This is untrue. There are many atheists who have had near death experiences but who are still atheists. When people want to believe something, they tend to exclude or dismiss all contradictory evidence. Hence, this is a poor argument. Some spiteful religious people might say that atheists are immoral or that they don’t have meaning in their lives.

Atheism and the Argument from Comfort. Religion doesn’t universally offer comfort. Religion might expose young children with images of Hell. Some people who give up religion feel that a burden has been lifted from there. Atheists see the world as it is and understand that it operates based on physical laws. Death is simply a problem that has to be faced.

Humanism in a Shitstorm. I want to work with other humanists and learn about tiehr trials and tribulations. I had cancer, but thankfully, it was treatable. However, I didn’t turn to religion. Humanism has been a profound comfort for me. I understood that things happen because of natural causes. We have little control over what happens to us. I have the power to learn from my experiences. Being able to be born is a miracle already.

There’s no way I’m going to be the same person after this shitstorm than I was before it. But I get to decide what lessons I learn from it. I get to infuse it with meaning. And that’s the power I have. – Greta Christina

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Dating Tips 107

The Secret to Having Confidence, Being a Man, and Getting Women

Medium Size Dicks Get Chicks by Patrick Withrow

You will learn the blueprint to have success in your life and relationships. Relationships are important as they will help us drive our lives and give it direction. . We want to be more attractive to others. Develop successful habits which are allow you to land girls. Learn to feel confident etc. Dive in the book and change your outlook on life forever. Learn to kick ass.

Find Your Purpose. What do you want to be remembered for? Live your life like a movie. There is no need to aim for an end goal. However, it is important to keep working towards a goal and challenge yourself. This will make you appear attractive to the ladies. You must communicate your journey that you are embarking on. Try to make it seem that you have noble goals and are making the world a better place. It will show that you don’t need a woman to find happiness. The trick is not to seem needy. ‘Are you showing girls that you need their attention or are you on a purpose when you are around the females that you aren’t attracted to?’ The trick is to work hard on your purpose. Even if you are fat, but if you show that you go to the gym, people will start to respect you. If you love life, you will be able to attract the right people in your life. Write down your goals and push all the way. The difficult games and challenges are the ones you should strive for. Your purpose should be specific in nature and it should be documented. It must be measurable. It is okay to listen to others. These people must be congruent to your purpose.

The easiest things you can do are being nice to people, being confident in yourself, staying motivated and disciplined towards your goals, smiling, and being so happy and grateful that you are even fucking alive! – Patrick Withrow

Find Your Environment. Jot down the names of the people you surround yourself with. Learn to defeat your fears. The author loves stand-up comedy and it is something that he feels everyone should try. I realized that I wasn’t spending enough time with others and building on relationships. There needs to be a balance. Be completely present and listen to the girl. Girls want a warrior in their lives. Eventually, I realized creating online businesses saved the most time. I took a degree and wanted to pursue my dream. There is always a sense of ‘incompletion’ in your life. Give 5 things to work on this year. Only focus on 5 aspects of your life. Write your goals and dreams down. Money is always not enough. Learn to think about your mortality. Think about the dreams you had when you were young. Life is short and you need to be present every day and pay attention to every details.

The Hero in You. This chapter is about conquering your fears. It is okay to have fears. Facing your fears is one way to allow us to grow. The more you experience, the better you will be. How many hours are you dedicating to your dream? Exercising early in the morning (5am) will set off your day on the right footing. Tackle difficult tasks from 6 to 8am every day. Accomplishing a difficult task early in the day gives you a boost of confidence. You definitely do not want to be trapped in a cycle of tiredness and lethargy. Many people fail to appreciate how short like is and how precious life can be. You can be anything you want. If you start believing in yourself, you will realize that things are different.

Get Your Sensei’s. Surround yourself with people like coaches and mentors. They will be able to help you. The stronger your identity will be if you are able to get help from others. Always read more and have the thirst for more information. Enjoy the process so that you can be a better person. Never be afraid of rejection. Sometimes, the girl could be going through an emotional phase. You need to be consistent in what you are good at. Learn to create the right mindset. Look deep down to learn about yourself. Make your personality so appealing that others will like you instantly. Be positive in every aspect of your life. There will always be haters, but you should not bother about them. You should not bother trying to control and change people. The only one you can change is yourself. Go to the places where you can maximize the chance of meeting girls you like. If you are drunk, girls will avoid you. Therefore, it is smarter to go sober. Do what your heart wants you to do. Make strong habits and enjoy life. Focus and be great now. Wake up early and be focused and do the difficult things. Exercising in the morning increases serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Just wake up early. It takes a full 66 days to make it a habit.

Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Pave your own path and rule your life because when you do that chicks will want to know more about you. They will want to be by your side because they will feel secure in your presence. – Patrick Withrow

Quit the Bad Habits. Do not be rude when eating. Do not pick up smoking, drinking and all that. The 7 habits to avoid are 1) cigarettes; 2) chewing tobacco; 3) poor hygiene; 4) poor listening skills; 5) biting your nails; 6) eating sugary, unhealthy and fatty foods; 7) unmotivated.

Online dating and the art of body language. If you want to play the online game, spend some money as it guarantees that the girl will be more serious. However, the author feels that there are many girls on it who have just undergone break-ups. The best way is to present and understand life as it is now. Stop being addicted to your phone. It helps to detach yourself from technology and be more involved in the environment instead. Read more books which can help you to grow. Females love intellectual guys. Take note of the following bad body languages: 1) arms crossed; 2) feet pointed away from you; 3) rubbing her arm; 4) pinching the bottom of her ear; 5) poor eye contact. Some great cues to look out for are: 1) bambi eyes; 2) playing with hair; 3) they touch you; 4) if she smiles. Mirror her body language to have a better chance of connecting with her. Even if you are not confident, act that you are. You need to be cautious of online dating as there might be weird people on the site. Please be wary.

There are billions of females in the world, you are going to get rejected, but it’s a numbers game. The more opportunities a person gives himself the more potential success a man will have. – Patrick Withrow

Fear is a Portal into Your Best Life. Practise meeting women on a daily basis. Never rush into a relationship or you will regret it. Try to go after the good looking girls first. Continue to progress and meet new girls. Remember your purpose in life. If you do not feel sufficiently attracted to her, then you need to move on.

If you are confident in every aspect of your life, you are going to win so much. If you are confident in your career path, your health, using your time effectively, living your life to the fullest, she will be so attracted to you. – Patrick Withrow

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neil moved into his new flat in Sussex, South of England. There was a door that opened and a brick wall was on the other side. The book was for my daughter who liked scary stuff. In the story, Coraline would end up rescuing her parents. Although I took very long to complete writing it, people still liked it and the book managed to win awards. It was about being brave and doing the right thing

Being brave didn’t mean you weren’t scared. Being brave meant that you were scared, really scared, badly scared, and you did the right thing anyway. – Coraline

Coraline discovered the door in the old house. Miss Spink and Miss Forcible lived below her. They used to be famous actresses. There was an old man who was planning a mouse circus living above her. He wouldn’t show her how the mouse performed. Coraline explored the garden, the well and looked for animals. Her mum cooked for her but Coraline liked to explore the house. Her parents worked from home. Her dad allowed her to explore the drawing room but warned that she should not touch anything. Coraline took a count of every door, window in the house. There was a door which opened to a brick wall. She didn’t lock the door. Deep in the night, she heard a creek. It was a black shape and it was in the drawing room. Later, when she switched on the lights, the black shape disappeared and there was only a brick wall. The black shapes started to sing but Coraline ignored them and went to sleep.

Coraline met Miss Spink on her way out of the house. She explored the area and went back after a while. The old man above her waved at her. It was misty and they started chatting. The mice warned Coraline not to go through the door. Coraline tried to kill time by drawing. Her parents were busy and she played with Miss Spink and Miss Forcible instead. Miss Spink read her future and warned that she would be in serious danger. To her, many adults didn’t make sense when they spoke. Miss Spink gave Coraline a stone with a hole in it for safekeeping.

Her dad headed to London for a business trip. Coraline went shopping with her mum. She wondered what was in the empty flat beside their house. Her mum later left to run errands and left Coraline alone at home. Now, she grabbed the keys and entered the empty room again. When she opened the door, a dark hallway awaited her. The interiors were exactly like her home and she was confused. There was a lady who touched her, her skin was like paper and she much slimmer. It was her other mother. Her other father was also in the house. The food was wonderful and the three of them had a meal together. Later, her other mother would let her play with rats and she grew excited. There were many objects that caught her attention. The rats gathered and started to sing ‘We have teeth and we have tails; We have tails we have eyes; We were here before you fell; You will be here when we rise.’ The rats returned to the old man and he welcomed her to visit anytime. Now, Coraline started to explore the house on the outside.

She met a cat who could speak. The cat seemed familiar. Coraline said that they could be friends. The cat appeared arrogant. The cat mentioned something about her bringing protection…. Later, Coraline continued exploring and came into a dark theatre where a dog started speaking to her. Later, the dog directed her to an empty seat. All of the other members of the audience were dogs and they were watching Miss Spink and Forcible perform. Later, Coraline volunteered herself on stage. Miss Forcible was blindfolded and she, thankfully, threw a knife on a balloon perched on Coraline’s head. She gave the chocolates she won to the dog. Later, she walked out of the theatre and saw her parents. Now, her other parents persuaded her to stay in the other house forever. Her other mother placed her hand on her and Coraline backed off. Then, she made her exit and headed back to her real home. Her heart was pounding wildly as her other parents tried to stalk her.

Cats don’t have names. Now, people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names. – The Cat

Coraline was home now. Her parents were not in for the entire day and she entertained herself. Her parents seemed to have disappeared. A cat led Coraline to her parents, who were in a mirror and appeared sad. They wrote this message ‘Help Us’. The police refused to take action as they didn’t believe her story. Coraline was talking to the cat about how brave her dad was in the past. His dad let Coraline run first so that not many wasps would sting her. She wanted to go back into the dark world to save her parents. Her other mother saw her and hugged her tightly. She demanded the return of her real parents. Her other mother promised to take good care of her. Her other parents were tired and went to sleep. The cat admitted that her other parents wanted someone to love and that is why they were so fond of Coraline. The cat advised Coraline to challenge and play games with her.

Coraline woke up after her night of sleep. She changed and placed the stone in her pocket. Her other mother locked the door and prevented from going back to her real house. There was a bowl of glass on the mantelpiece. Later, Coraline explored the trees outside the house. A cat approached her suddenly and they started conversing. It seemed like the world was something the other mother created and everything was not real. The rats were apparently the spies of the other mother. The cat caught a rat in that moment. Coraline went back in the house, only to be confronted by her other mother. She wanted to play games with the girl. All this while, Coraline acted very rebellious. Her other mother ate beetles for a snack. She was pissed at Coraline’s behaviour and threw Coraline into a dim space behind the mirror.

She was placed into a small closet. Later, she heard a voice. There were little children in the closet who refused to reveal their names. The other children suffered the same fate as Coraline and some of them never saw their real parents again. They encouraged Coraline to flee. The other mother would remove your heart and soul and make you feel meaningless. There were 3 other children in the closet and Coraline was starting to feel hungry. The other children didn’t think they could escape because their hearts were stolen and they could not be exposed to light.

One day, the other mother came to pick up Coraline. Coraline challenged her to a game, where if she lost, she would continue staying with her. If she won, Coraline would get reunited with her real parents and the children would be released. The game would be to explore and find her real parents. Coraline started to comb the house with the stone in hand and attempted to look for the souls. Now, she looked through the stone and everything appeared grey except a bright orange object on the floor. The orange marble was one of the souls she uncovered. There were still two more to go. The weather worsened and the sand gushed in the wind. Once she entered the abandoned theatre, Coraline searched the room for a soul. There was a sac in the theatre and had the form of a monster. After looking through the stone, she concluded that it was a soul and that she had to approach it even if she was extremely fearful of it. She grabbed the marble from the creature. The creature resembled the other Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and woke up as soon as Coraline grabbed the marble. Thankfully, Coraline escaped in the nick of time.

Coraline returned to the house and updated her other mother that she found 2 souls. Her other mother seemed furious and cross. Although she did provide love, she was not real and Coraline had to leave her behind. Later, she handed Coraline a key to an empty room. It seemed like a trick but Coraline did explore the room. There was a cold ring set in the floorboards and she tugged at it. Then, after tugging, a trapdoor opened and Coraline continued to explore. After much difficulty, she found a foot sticking out from the curtains. It was pale and puffed up, but had the shape of a human. Coraline retreated in horror. It was her other father. The other mother punished him for telling Coraline too much initially. When the other mother was unhappy, everyone else would suffer. The thing approached her now. Later Coraline plucked out his other button eye and the thing wailed in pain. She managed to close the trapdoor and prevented the thing from following her. After she exited the room, the other mother was not waiting for her.

Now, Coraline explored the topmost flat, where the crazy man lived. A part of her feared entering, but she felt nothing could trump her previous experiences. Many mice were staring at her and there was a terrible stench. Everything was all made up by the other mother. The snowglobe on the mantelpiece gave Coraline a clue. The voice encouraged her to love her new world, where it was more exciting. The voice was coming from under the old man’s hat. Coraline knew that he possessed a soul after looking at him through the stone. Later, all of a sudden, the man disintegrated and many rats ran about. The largest one of them was holding the remaining soul. She kept her focus on the one with the marble and followed it. Coraline was hurt after a fall while chasing the rat and the rat eventually got away. As she started to wallow in self-pity, the rat appeared. Well, the cat actually attacked it and brought the dead rat to her. With the three marbles, all she needed to do was to find her parents. The thing was that the other mother couldn’t create anything new, but could only transform, twist and change reality. The appearance of the house was appearing like a drawing instead of a photograph now. The cat was weak and trembling and Coraline carried it. The door shrank much but Coraline still managed to enter it.

You really don’t understand, do you? I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? – Coraline

The other mother appeared and talked to Coraline. Her other mother stared at Coraline while she entered the drawing room. She was awful-looking and didn’t resemble her mother at all. She challenged Coraline to look for her parents and suggested that they might be in the cellar. Coraline said they were in the passageway between the houses. Now the other mother smiled on hearing Coraline’s answer. She started drawing the key to open the door. Coraline backed away to the mantelpiece. Coraline threw the cat on the other mother and it started scratching and attacking her. Black stuff oozed out from her other mother’s face. In the meantime, Coraline grabbed the snowglobe on the mantelpiece. The cat followed her into the corridor. Now, Coraline closed the door. With the help of the other children, the door shut even though the other mother tried to open it. Coraline started on her uphill run. She managed to make out the 5 figures in the vicinity, there were three children and two adults. The world now seemed normal and the scenery outside was beautiful. Now, Coraline felt into a deep sleep.

It was her real mother who woke her up the next day. Her parents didn’t realize what had happened. The marbles were still in her pocket intact. It certainly wasn’t just a dream. Coraline ate the pizza that dad made for her.  To be safe, she kept the key around her neck. She dreamt in her sleep now. It was a picnic setting with three other children. The children were very grateful for the experience. Later, everyone headed to the meadow to play. Everything they did was a pure joy to watch. They were grateful for Coraline’s help. The boy started holding her hand. The boy advised her to be wise, brave and tricky in order to survive. The children headed off to the huge moon. There was a rustling noise outside her room now. Apparently it wasn’t over yet. Something was heading to the front door. It was like a crab scuttling around. It was her other mother’s right hand which was looking for the black key.

It was the next day. The marbles now looked like dead eggshells once the children had been released. Hamish the Scottie dog was injured while fighting with a hand. The old man’s mice were scared and didn’t want to play any musical instruments too. In the night, the hand crept to her window ledge. Coraline grabbed her picnic items and headed out to the meadow. She removed planks in the ground to reveal a brick-lined hole in the ground. Coraline wanted to give others the impression that was enjoying herself. Then, later she checked on Hamish’s condition. Now, Coraline held the key and sauntered through the woods. She placed the key on the tablecloth which covered the well. It was all up to the hand now. The hand did come and it leapt onto the tablecloth. The weight of the hand caused it to drop into the well. Coraline covered the well with the planks. Soon after, the cat appeared all excited at what Coraline did. When she returned to the house, the old man promised that she could watch the mice perform. She returned the stone to Miss Spink and Miss Forcible. Everyone thought that Coraline was an extraordinary girl. Coraline could look forward to school with optimism. Nothing fazed her anymore.

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A fair boy met another fat boy on an island. They had been marooned on an island. They didn’t expect any grown ups around. The two of them were elated. A plan crashed in the sea near the vicinity of the island. The fair boy was Ralph. The fat boy suffered from asthma. The island was very scenic, with palm trees, dazzling beach and water etc. The fat boy had a nickname, Piggy, in school. Ralph started swimming naked. The water was very warm. Piggy couldn’t swim. Piggy’s dad died and he used to live with his aunty. It seemed like there were no survivors. The boys were now a little concerned about how they were going to be rescued. They realized they had to do something about it. The boys caught a shell from the sea. To make sound, Ralph blew into the shell. He finally mastered it and the note boomed. The animals were alerted by the noise. Now, a child appeared among the palms. Ralph and Piggy helped Johnny back. More boys came when they heard the shell. There was a pair of twins named Sam and Eric. There was a boy with a black cloak. A group of cloaked boys were present too. Jack Merridew was authoritative. Other boys were named Maurice, Harold, Henry, Bill, Robert, Roger, Simon etc. Now, the boys had to vote for a chief. The obvious leader was Jack. In the end, Ralph was voted leader and Jack was pissed. Jack wanted his choir to be hunters. 3 of them would go on an expedition together. The first 3 would be Ralph, Jack and Simon. Piggy wanted to go and was upset when he couldn’t. The 3 boys walked to the end of the island. There was a track up the mountain. Ralph was hurt and cut by the creepers. They were planning to continue ascending the mountain. There was also a coral reef on the island. The conclusion was that they were trapped on an island. The boys wanted to kill a pig but it managed to get away.

The boys had a meeting now. The choir discarded their cloaks. They would need food. Only 1 could speak at a time. Nobody knew that there were on this island. A boy started crying and Ralph gave him the conch so that he could talk. The boy saw a snake in the woods. The others didn’t believe him. Ralph insisted there was a beast. They all wanted to be rescued. . This positive attitude stirred the crowd. Now people respected him. When he mentioned fire, all the other kids followed Jack to the mountain. They wanted to create a fire at the top of the mountain to draw attention from ships. All the kids followed Jack except Ralph and Piggy. Jack and friends started to gather wood. The pile of wood was getting larger. Jack snatched the glasses off Piggy’s face. He wanted to use it to start the fire. Now, a tiny flame appeared. The boys started piling more wood. Jack started ignoring the power of the conch. Ralph added that the conch had power on the mountain as well. Now, the boys were given duties to keep the fire growing. Now, smoke was rising fast. Piggy took the conch again and wanted to speak. It was obvious that Piggy was attention seeking. Nobody listened to Piggy even those he was talking. He was angry that the kids followed Jack up the mountain. He was unhappy that they rushed off without Ralph’s permission. There were snakes on the island now. Piggy tripped and fell.

Jack studied the patterns on the ground. He was trying to do some hunting. The other boys were busy building the shelter while Jack’s friends were hunting and lazing around. Jack lamented about the need for meetings. Ralph thought shelters were more important than meat at the moment. Jack was in fervent disagreement and wanted to hunt. Both boys were angry at one another. Jack was mad with anger. Jack was more interested in hunting than anything else. Jack headed for a bathe and still wanted to do hunting. Simon was not in the bathing pool. Simon gave the boys some fruit. Simon wondered around in the forest on his own.

The small boys were known as littluns. These boys picked fruit and had diarrhea. In the day, they engaged in play etc. They obeyed the conch. Other than that, they didn’t hang out much with the biguns. The littluns built castles in the sand. Henry was one of them. The other two were Percival and Johnny. The big boys accidentally kicked their sand castles. Percival started crying. Roger started to throw stones. Jack ordered Roger towards him. Jack explained to him the need for face paint in order to hunt. Jack now rubbed the charcoal stick on his face. The mask seemed to give him power. Jack now was more powerful and the others listened to him. Ralph wanted to build a sundial. Piggy did not click well with the Biguns due to his personality. The boys seemed to spot some smoke in the far distance. Simon and Maurice started running with Ralph. The boys quickly scaled the mountain. However, they realized their fire was also dead. The ship passed. Some of the boys started chanting at the corner and wore black caps. Jack was leading the procession. The twins carried a carcass of a pig. ‘Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.’ Ralph accused Jack of letting the fire out. Most of the boys chattered and danced. Ralph mentioned that had the boys kept the fire going, the ship might have seen the smoke. Jack was angry and he hacked at the pig. Piggy kept echoing whatever Ralph wanted to say. Jack was pissed and stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach. Jack smacked his glasses off his head. One of the lens cracked. Jack was proud of himself and now he apologized about the fire. Many of the boys thought that Jack was right. Now, Jack started giving loud orders etc. The fire was re-built now. Ralph allowed himself to eat some meat as well. Jack was not too pleased about having to share the meat. Jack kept boasting that he slit the pig’s throat. Ralph called for a meeting where everyone had to show up.

Ralph was thinking about his speech now. It was not to be fun and it was to be serious. It was a very late assembly. Piggy could think and he had brains. Everyone stared intently at Ralph. Ralph wanted to use simple words so that everyone would understand. Ralph stated some important stuff and what he thought was right. Jack was chipping a piece of wood with his knife. He was adamant that the fire should be preserved. Smoke was more important than pigs. Ralph only wanted fire on the mountain and nowhere else. People had to do as they say. People had to cook at the top of the mountain. Things were breaking up. Ralph didn’t want them to talk about fearful creatures like snakes. Be happy, he told them. Jack took the conch. He blamed the littluns for mentioning beasts etc. He called them cry babies. Jack told everyone not to fear because he had ventured around the island and there was no beast. Piggy took the conch now. There was nothing to fear, unless we get frightened of people. Phil dreamed that he was fighting with things. He saw something big and horrid among the trees. Simon wanted to go to a place in the jungle. It was probable that Phil saw Simon in the jungle. Percival started crying and most of the littluns cried as well. Jack wanted to know where the beast lived. Percival replied that the beast comes out of the sea. The boys thought it could be a squid etc. Jack was particular against Piggy. Now, someone speculated that the beast was a ghost. Jack was starting to break the rules. The boys suddenly left after Jack rebelled. Ralph wanted to give up his position as chief. Piggy persuaded Ralph to continue to assume position as chief because they needed to have some form of order. Ralph yearned for a grownup to give them directions.

The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make? – Ralph

Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong – we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat!’ – Jack

The boys fell asleep now. There was bright explosion across the sky. The figure fell on the blue flowers at the mountain side. The figure had a parachute attached behind. The breeze was fitful now. Both the twins who were guarding the fire when to sleep. They started the fire again. The fire went out of control and spread and the boys fled. The twins claimed they saw the beast and woke Ralph up. Sam and Eric called an assembly. The boys carried the hunting spears. According to the twins, they saw a beast with wings. The boys were not afraid after the twins’ recount of the story. Jack didn’t care about the littluns. Jack wanted to hunt for the beast. Jack was pissed when Ralph told him to sit down. Ralph kept asking whether they wanted to be rescued. Ralph and the biguns sought to look for the beast. Ralph decided to explore the castle by himself first, as Chief. Simon didn’t believe in the beast. The other boys were impatient and pushed a rock into the sea. Ralph was angry as he wanted smoke instead. Some of them were tired and didn’t want to go to the top of the mountain. After some persuasion, the boys reluctantly listened.

Conch! Conch! We don’t need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? It’s time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us. – Jack

The boys stopped to eat fruit. Ralph felt helpless when he looked at the ocean. Simon and Ralph were chatting. The hunters split up again. There was indeed a creature with tusks on the pig track. Ralph flung his spear and it hit the great snout. The boar was now floundering away from them. Ralph was proud that he wounded the beast. The boys suddenly held Robert and wanted to spear him. Now, Jack wanted to head to the mountain. Some of the routes were treacherous and they had to be careful. Ralph was a little concerned about how the littluns were doing. They didn’t want to leave Piggy alone. Simon went to inform Piggy that they would look for him tomorrow. Jack wanted to head to the mountain now. Ralph agreed, so did Roger. Soon, Ralph realized how stupid they were. 3 of them could not take down a beast. Jack kept taunting them for not being courageous and he went off on his own. Roger and Ralph were both fuming. Jack claimed he saw a thing at the top of the mountain. The 3 of them went up to explore further. It was a great ape which was asleep.

Ralph was now with Piggy now and he claimed that he saw the beast. The beast was near the fire and Ralph thought that they were screwed as they couldn’t man the fire anymore. Now, Jack blew on the conch. Jack called the assembly now. He accused Ralph of saying that his hunters are no good. Now, Jack accused him of being a mouthpiece like Piggy and having no courage to venture at the top of the mountain. Jack claimed that Ralph’s orders were useless. . Now, Jack asked everyone if they didn’t want Ralph to be Chief. Nobody raised their hands. Jack fled now. Ralph expected Jack to come back. Most of the boys sat in depressed silence. Simon said that they all should climb the mountain. Piggy liked to echo what Ralph said. However, now, Ralph was insistent that the beast was on the mountain. Piggy suggested building the fire lower down. The boys and Ralph agreed. Soon a small flame started. The boys were fanatic and were high. They started creating a list of who should take care of the fire. Some of the biguns were not present. Bill and Roger were not there. Simon sat in the shelter by himself. Jack led another group of boys and said he would Chief and he wanted to forget about the beast. His plan was to go hunt right away. The pigs fled. However, the sow burst through the forest despite being hit. The sow was bleeding and it was easy to follow her. She was weak and finally she fell. Jack stabbed the sow with his knife. He slit her throat. Right up her ass! Now, Jack dismembered the pig. Jack wanted the head for the beast. Soon, the flies were all around the pig guts. Some boys came and stole half burnt branches from their fire. One of them was Jack. Ralph kept insisting to the littluns about the importance of the fire. Ralph was planning to visit Jack. The flies came to Simon and the Lord of the Flies spoke. He encouraged Simon to play with the others. The Lord of the Flies admitted he was the Beast. Simon was shocked and he fell down.

Listen all of you. Me and my hunters, we’re living along the beach by a flat rock. We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join my tribe come and see us. Perhaps I’ll let you join. Perhaps not. – Jack

The flies devoured the spilt gut. ‘What else is there to do?’. Simon wanted to inform that the beast was the lord of the flies and that it was harmless. Bathing, that’s the only thing to do. Piggy suggested that they visit Jack’s party. Ralph and Piggy made their way there. Jack was treated like a King now. The boys gave Ralph and Piggy some meat. Jack and his members engaged in a sort of tribal dance which was weird. Ralph was angry with him for not helping with the fire. It was starting to pour really heavily. Simon was crying about a dead man on the hill now. All the boys thought he was a beast and they accidently killed him. His body floated out toward the open sea.

Some of you will stay here to improve the cave and defend the gate. I shall take a few hunters with me and bring back meat. The defenders of the gate will see that the others don’t sneak in. – Jack

It was murder. Ralph and Piggy were lost and shocked and didn’t know what to do. The boys did horrible things to him and it was an accident. Piggy insisted it was an accident. It was important not to reveal to the littluns what happened or they will get frightened. Jack insisted that the boys hunt tomorrow again. To Jack, Simon was the beast. The beast was now any enemy. It could be a man. Ralph and Piggy helped to relight the fire. Sam and Eric were tired and were unwilling to get more wood. Sam and Eric started fighting. Ralph was sniggering at Piggy now. He was dreaming of a bus coming to rescue them. A stick cracked in the dark. Something brushed against their shelter. Now, Piggy suffered from asthma. The shelter finally collapsed. Jack and his hunters attacked their tent. Ralph punched one of them. Jack and his two friends took Piggy’s glasses.

Now, Piggy realized that their fire was stolen. Ralph again emphasized on the need for the fire. Ralph suggested taking their spears. Piggy was being very negative and souring the mood of the assembly. Ralph wanted to approach Jack and demand for the glasses back. They were all planning to follow Piggy to Castle Rock. Deep down, Ralph was a guy with self-doubts. The 4 of them started walking. Roger was at the top of the castle and shouted at them. At the base of the castle, Ralph tried to call for an assembly by blowing the conch. Jack told Ralph to leave them alone. Ralph was furious when he refused to give it back. Jack and Ralph were chest to chest now and Ralph accused Jack of being a thief. They were taunting each other. Jack ordered to tie the twins up. Now, everyone was waiting to see what Ralph could do. Jack and Ralph started fighting again. Roger was delirious and he flung a huge rock which hit Piggy and destroyed the conch. Piggy felt 40 feet and landed on the square red rock in the sea. He ceased to exist. Jack said that the conch was gone and that he was finally chief. Now, he hurled his spear at Ralph. More spears were aimed at him now. Ralph turned and ran. The chief ordered the tribe not to chase.

I got this to say. You’re acting like a crowd of kids. Which is better – to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is? Which is better – to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill? Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up? – Piggy

Ralph examined his injuries. He could see feasting going on in the castle. Ralph was now like an outlaw. He told himself that Simon and Piggy’s deaths were an accident. Now, he started eating fruits. Now, Ralph was starting to be afraid. ‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’ The tribe was dancing again. Then he heard two voices. Sam and Eric were converted to their side and were guarding the castle now. They were all ravages. There was no chance of building up an outlaw tribe again. Ralph climbed when they were not looking. Ralph said he came to see the two of them. Sam said it was best Ralph should leave as it wasn’t safe. Jack and Roger were planning to hunt for Ralph tomorrow. They would all form a line on the island and starting scouring till they find Ralph. Ralph pleaded his innocence. Sam gave him some meat before Ralph sneaked away. He found a spot for hiding the next day. Later, he could hear the twins revealing to Roger and Jack where Ralph was hiding. Now, he could hear a huge red rock tumbling down from the castle. It missed Ralph. Ralph plunged his spear into the crack. Now Ralph fled as fast as he could. Ralph knew he would be caught soon. The line of hunters were established. He was thinking of a better hiding spot in the forest. Now, they were setting the forest on fire. A savage was approaching his mat in the forest. Ralph screamed. He kept running from the fire and ravages. A naval officer looked at him. The officer greeted him. The other boys stopped in their tracks, with spears in their hands. The naval officer admitted that they saw the smoke on the island. He was disappointed when Ralph didn’t know how many boys were in the island. It all started off well…. Ralph was now wrenched with grief. There was a cruiser in the distance…

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